New student and Family Convocation
We would like to invite all fall 2021 admitted freshmen, transfer and graduate students to attend.
On August 9, new students will receive a single-use passcode via their SDSUid Gmail account that will allow them to claim up to three (3) tickets per student.
The 19th annual New Student and Family Convocation will be held on Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. New Student and Family Convocation serves as the official welcome to all new students and their families to the SDSU community.
We would like to invite all fall 2021 admitted freshmen, transfer and graduate students to attend. On August 9, new students will receive a passcode via their SDSUid Gmail account that will allow them to claim up to three (3) tickets per student.
The events will be ticketed with a livestream component for those who do not wish to attend in person. To allow for physical distancing, we will host three ceremonies. Colleges have been assigned to a ceremony, as listed below. All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
- Friday, August 20 - 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 4:45 p.m.)
- College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts
- College of Sciences
- Saturday, August 21 - 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (gates open at 7:45 a.m.)
- College of Arts & Letters
- Fowler College of Business
- College of Education
- Saturday, August 21 - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (gates open at 9:45 a.m.)
- College of Engineering
- College of Health & Human Services
New Student and Family Convocation is a ticketed event. You have the opportunity to claim up to three tickets (this includes your student ticket), to attend with your family. The tickets will be assigned based on the college/major into which you were admitted for fall 2021.
On the morning of Monday, August 9, an email will be sent to your SDSUid Gmail account with your unique passcode to claim your New Student and Family Convocation tickets.
And starting on Monday, August 9 at 12:00 p.m. (PDT), you will be able to claim your tickets via Ticketmaster utilizing your unique passcode. This passcode can only be used once and you’ll be able to select to attend one of three ceremonies. Tickets will be on a first come first serve basis.
The deadline to claim tickets is Friday, August 13, or until all available tickets are claimed, whichever happens first. If there are additional tickets available after this deadline, and if you need an additional ticket for your family and you contact New Student and Parent Programs, we will issue the student a new passcode to claim one additional ticket.
While we understand that for some students, three tickets will not be sufficient for all family members who would like to attend New Student and Family Convocation, this is the only option given the current COVID-19 guidelines. We deeply appreciate your understanding as we begin to host in-person events. There will be a livestream option for families who are not able to join in-person on August 20 or August 21.
Public Health Guidelines
Following California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines for large-scale events, New Student and Family Convocation will adhere to the following:
- Each ceremony will have a maximum attendance of 3,000 new students and family members.
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccine will not be required for students and families to attend based on CDPH guidelines for large events.
- Facial coverings will be required for all attending each ceremony. Please remember to bring your own facial covering.
Ticket Holder acknowledges an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Ticket Holder shall assume all risks, hazards, and dangers arising from or relating in any way to the risk of contracting a communicable disease or illness — including, without limitation, exposure to COVID-19 or any other bacteria, virus, or other pathogen capable of causing a communicable disease or illness, whether that exposure occurs before, during, or after the event, and regardless of how caused or contracted — and Ticket Holder hereby waives any and all claims and potential claims against the State of California, the Trustees of the California State University, San Diego State University, Associated Students of San Diego State University and all of their officers, employees and agents — and against any companies affiliated with the State of California, the Trustees of the California State University, San Diego State University, Associated Students of San Diego State University and all of their officers, employees and agents — relating to such risks, hazards, and dangers.
What is New Student and Family Convocation?
Convocation serves as your induction into the university. This free annual event is designed specifically for new members of the SDSU community and symbolically represents their embarkation on a new academic journey. It is designed for ALL newly admitted fall 2021 students — including freshmen, transfer and graduate students and their families. It promotes the institutional values of scholarship, citizenship and leadership. At convocation, faculty, students and administrators will officially welcome new students and their families.
The ceremony is an important step as students and their families recognize their entrance into the university community. It also serves to "bookend" each student's collegiate experience, with convocation as the opening ceremony and commencement as the final goal. Students will be presented to the Dean of their college.